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AMV Competition 2012

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FAQ (2012 Edition)

Q: What is an AMV?
A: It's an Anime Music Video. Create your own music video for a chosen song using Anime, Manga stills, (fan)art, game footage or anything else Japan related, but keep in mind that AMV's are focussed on "anime" and "music". The video material has to be Japan related in some form. The music can be of any source (Japanese or not).

Q: So the music choice is free?
A: Yes, you are free to choose the music you like. It can be either English, Dutch, Japanese or even Swahili if you like. There are no restrictions on country of origin, language or genre for the music.

Q: I want to use an image from non-japanese source X or a short video clip from non-japanese source Y, is this allowed?
A: It is okay to use some image stills or video from a different source than those covered in the first point of this FAQ as long as it's only small additions and not the main focus of the AMV.

Q: Can I enter this competition without being a visitor of the convention? what if I only visit one day?
A: No, you have to be a visitor (or dealer, or guest, or gopher) of our convention, even if it's only for one day, to be able to participate in this competition.

Q: Can I send in an AMV I used in another AMV contest?
A: No, your video has to be an original video which had no prior screening yet (this ofcourse does not count close friends/family for feedback purposes, but applies to any public showing (like youtube) or other (online) compo's). (To enforce this, we uphold the right to share your AMV and signup information with other organisations we have an agreement with, also to support them in the enforcing of this rule for their own competitions. The provided information will only be used for comparison and nothing else.)

Q: Can I enter with multiple AMV's?
A: No, you may only enter with one AMV.

Q: Can I do a Collaboration AMV or should it be a solo-Editor project?
A: We see a rise in so called "collaboration" AMV's which are created as a joined effort of multiple AMV-Editors. We allow participation of collaboration AMV's, but they will be handled in exactly the same way as single-editor AMV's. This means that the same (single) prize will be awarded and the judging will be done in the same way. We have always allowed AMV-Editors getting helped from outsiders and this is a mere extention of this practice.

Q: I entered with an AMV but changed my mind and made another, can I change my entry?
A: You can change your mind before the deadline. Once the deadline has passed, your entry is set in stone and can't be changed. Your first entry will still be archived but not used in any way.

Q: How long may the AMV be?
A: 3:00 minutes is the maximum for all participating AMV's.

Q: What type of video codecs can I use?
A: You can use one of the following codecs: WMV, DivX, XviD, H.264, MPEG

Q: What type of container (file extention) can I use?
A: The following filetypes are accepted: AVI, MKV, MP4 or MPG. We do advice to either use AVI or MP4.

Q: What types are not accepted?
A: Other filetypes like FLV, SWF, ASF, MOV and other exotic formats.

Q: The filetype I was going to use is not in either of the lists... now what?
A: Make a post here (or send us an email) to ask us if that filetype is permitted. Since we can't list all the formats out there and the codec world is ever evolving we'll have to deal with those situations as they come.

IMPORTANT: We no longer accept WMV due to many years of issues trying to run these files without problems!

Q: What resolution should I use?
A: Make sure the resolution is always MOD16. A minimum resolution of [4:3]640x480 is required. Examples would be: [Widescreen] SD 704x400, HD 1280x720, [4:3] SD 640x480, HD 1280x1024. The FPS doesn't matter, but note that fast paced AMV's take benefit from higher FPS values.

Q: Widescreen or 4:3?
A: The beamer we'll have will most likely be of a widescreen resolution of 720p or higher. For the AMV's, widescreen has our preference at a resolution of 1280x720 (720p), but 4:3 is fine too. See Tips & Tricks for more on video resolutions.

Q: What bitrate should I use for the compression?
A: Use a bitrate of at least 1000kb/s, or lossless (if within 400MB boundaries), depending how big your video becomes.

Q: Is there a maximum filesize
A: The filesize of the video may not exceed 400MB. Simply configure your encode settings properly for a 3 minute video and it should be easy to stay under this limit.

Q: What can't I put in my AMV?
A: Any explicit or discriminating content (nudity, gore). Ecchi is allowed but subject to review by the judges. Remember the audience also holds minors.

Q: Can my AMV have an intro/outro?
A: Yes it can. The intro may be in the form of credits of the creator, the outro may contain greetings, best wishes, thanks, etc. Neither the intro, nor the outro, may contain other forms of credits (like music used/anime used/title of the amv/etc, we will add this ourselfs from the information supplied in the signup). They each may not exceed 10 seconds and their combined length may not exceed 15 seconds (but do not count towards the maximum duration of the AMV). We advice that if you don't have an outro to have at the least 2-5 seconds of black screen at the end.

Q: How can I sign-up?
A: You can sign-up by supplying us (see the next question) with the following:
  • A filled in template available here:
    - Office 2003
    - Office 2007
    - OpenOffice
    (Or check the attachements at the bottom of this post).
    The filename should be changed to: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, e.g.: saniiro_-_My_First_Amv.docx
  • The AMV whose filename should look like: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, e.g.: saniiro_-_My_First_Amv.mp4
If in any way possible please put all the files in a single archive (ZIP/RAR/7z/GZIP/Compressed Folder) and name it in the same fashion: (nick)name_-_title_of_the_video.extention, e.g.: saniiro_-_My_First_Amv.7z

Q: How should I supply the files to you?
A: If you have no hosting available of your own, any of the below options would work:
We advice against using rapidshare since it tends to be extremely slow (downloading at 30kbps) which means it takes us a lot of time to handle any signups this way.

Send an email using the email form on the website. The body (message) of the email will have to contain:
  • Subject: [AMV] (nick)name - title, e.g.: [AMV] saniiro - my first amv
  • Your name
  • Your Email
  • Your visitor number (or payment code if no visitor number has been received yet)
  • Download Link to the files, or archive containing the AMV and the Sign-up template
If any of the information required is missing, the sign-up will be rejected. We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.

Q: What is the deadline?
A: The deadline is 29-07-2012 @ 23:59. All sign-ups received after this will not be able to participate in the competition.

Q: Which day will the AMV Compo be and do I have to be present at the show?
A: The AMV Compo will be on Sunday, and all participants are highly requested to be present at the show. You will receive more instructions after we have received your sign-up.

Q: Are there a maximum number of AMV's that can participate?
A: Yes, we have a maximum of AMV's that are able to participate in the actual compo. If we receive more sign-ups than that maximum, we will make a selection during the judging process. The lowest rated AMV's will be rejected. Sign-ups rejected during this phase will receive a mail about this, as will the sign-ups which will continue to the actual compo. We are looking into giving new and upcoming AMV Editors more chance though but nothing more on that at this time. The number of AMV's in the final compo are subject to change

Q: What will you do with my AMV?
A: The AMV's that reach the final round will be shown on the big screen during the competition. Those AMV's may also be used for promotional purposes (e.g. showcased at our promotion booth at other events), but will not be put to download or view/stream online. A link to an online source owned by the original maker, or with their concent, might be supplied on our website though after the convention. AMV's that do not make the final round will be archived and not shown either on the big screen or any time thereafter.

Q: I have a question which is not answered in this FAQ?
A: Ask it here, in this topic. Make sure you read the whole topic first before asking questions which might have been answered already! It's also very useful to check the topics from the past few years in the archive on the forum since they hold much information gathered over years of experience.
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Tips & Tricks

Audio Quality
Listen to your audio source on a good audio installation or good headphones, and do the same with the final product of your AMV (so not just on your laptop using the laptop speakers). Make sure the audio is of good quality without distortions. AMV's with bad audio quality are highly likely to be rejected. This is because any flaws in the audio will be enhanced by the big audio installation used at the convention. This is simply the nature of such audio systems. We encounter problems with bad audio a lot during the competition and is a major pain point.

Black bars in the video
Unless they serve a purpose, try and make sure that after encoding, there are no black bars visible in the video. Often we see people encoding 4:3 source material as Widescreen which gives it black bars on the sides. If the source is 4:3, make sure you encode it in the same way. Black bars give a high chance in a big point reduction during judging.

For those of you who don't know what interlacing is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlacing
Interlacing is bad m'kay? try to make sure your encode does not use it. Especially in fast paced AMV's the effect becomes really clear and will decrease the viewing pleasure.

Resolution matching the source material
Don't encode 640x480 source as 1280x720 widescreen. Try and match the encoding resolution to that of the original resolution of the material used. This gives the best result.

FullHD 1080p? 720p? 480p?
Because it is not guaranteed we'll have a FullHD (1080p) beamer, though it will be widescreen, FullHD is needlessly heavy and more error prone than need be unless you know what you are doing. 720p is a good target resolution, though the previous point should be followed in this (match the output resolution to that of your input).

Matching resolutions between different bits of source material
Try to match the resolutions if you have more than one source of material. Sometimes you see AMV's which mix low quality resolution sources with high quality resolution sources which gives lesser viewing pleasure. If the low quality source does not exist in another form there is nothing to be done about it, but it's always good practice to use the best possible quality source.

No subs, no divx/tv station logo's, textless opening/ending
Unless the subs serve a purpose, make sure they aren't visible (use RAW/DVD footage without subs). When using openings/endings, use the textless versions (often supplied on the original DVD release). DIVX & TV Station logo's speak for itself ;-]. This can be a disqualifying point if you do not heed this warning.

A 3 minute video of less than 50MB often has extremely decreased audio and visual quality. Keep the filesize in mind when encoding (not too small, not too big). In this thread alot of tips on how to encode are given.

How about previous years?
You can always check back years like 2011, 2010. 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

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Deshima Sounds AMV prize

The folks at Deshima Sounds want to boost popularity of Japanese club music in the Netherlands. They do that during the Deshima Sounds event but are also giving away a prize for their favorite AMV. Two tickets to their next event (date to be announced) will be given to the artist who makes the AMV that represents the Deshima Sounds atmosphere the best.
Dance music is a must, Japanese dance music is even better. So start editing and show the people what your favorite Japanese dance tune is.

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Tutorials by fellow AMV Editors


Originally Posted by Salafor
Go to WeTransfer.com and select the file you wish to upload.
Under recipient e-mail, fill in your own mail adress.
Under sender, fill in your own mail adress as well.

Upload the file and let it send.
Once it has been sent you will receive 2 e-mails in your mailbox.

One will be the recipient mail and the other the confirmation mail.
Open the confirmation mail.

It will state that the file named <name> has been sent to <recipient>.
Below this information it will ask you if you'd like to download the file yourself, or resend it to a different person.
Below these 2 options is also the option to send the file using an URL.

In Dutch, these options will be named:
Deel dit bestand
met meer mensen

Download een kopie voor jezelf

Of gebruik de volgende link:
http://wtrns.fr/<Link adress>
Copy the link at the bottom of the mail and enter it in the mail form (http://www.abunaicon.nl/contactus.php?target=13) on the abunai website including the other required information.

Exporting / Encoding your AMV

Originally Posted by imp
Step 1)
Export your video as lossless .avi from w/e program you use, even WMM should be able to do that (though, I haven't checked)

I'm not gonna go into the 1080p vs 720p fight, do what you want ^^

Also make sure the .avi file has audio.

Step 2)
You'll need a program to convert your lossless video to a smaller, encoded file. I use Zarx264, it's easy to use and makes .mp4 files with the H264 codec.

You can get it at http://www.amvhell.com/stuff/zarx264gui/, please use the 1.41 version, the version 2 is still unstable in my opinion.

Extract the .zip file, then start up the Zarx264gui program, no need to install anything.

Step 3)
Import video:

Most likely you'll have to change the "Open files" into the one with .avi.

After that you'll most likely get the popup below. I use most of the time the second option, not sure about the other ones, but that one works at least for me

Rename export video:

Step 4)
The settings, something like this should work:

A bitrate of 6000-7000 should be good enough for 720p and 7000-9000 for 1080p. Change the bitrate if the file gets too big, or the video is ugly (higher bitrate = better quality). Bitrates "too" high can cause some lag during playback.
The estimated filesize can be wrong at times.

Further, check the Advanced tab, and correct anything that seems out of the ordinary:

most important is the Sample Aspect Ratio, it should always be 1 for both X and Y.

Step 5)
Clicky on that Encode button on the bottom of the window. It won't matter which Tab you're looking at.

You'll get a popup window, it'll show you the progress. The button on the right will change into "Finished!" when it's done, don't mind the one on the left and the one in the middle opens an explorer window.

While encoding the program will use most of your PCs memory, so best is to have all other programs closed, then stand up and walk away until it's finished.
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Shit, so little time.
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Ouch, that time...
i hope i will make it 0-0
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It's a month before the convention like previous years so nothing changed there ;-]

We simply really need those few weeks before the convention to get everything sorted.
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woot that kicked me awake.
It's indeed like always but still... o_o unexpected somehow?
Gotta get started now, and seriously x)

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I expected it to be longer, ah well lets get my lazy ass to work on my amv then soon :P
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